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Wow we are learning!

Posted by heatherblakey on 23rd April 2008

We think this is a great way to communicate with our parents overseas.

I think this is a great way to talk about books.

Let’s watch what our students cook at home.

Sharing science resources with other teachers.

Communicate with our sister school students and teachers.

Posted during a blogging workshop at Noble Park Secondary College.

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Gatekeepers or Nurturers?

Posted by Krystie Alleaume on 14th May 2007

Hi Global Teachers!

Here is a site with podcasts from the recent seminar in Melbourne with Jimmy Wales (creator of Wikipedia):

http://www.educationau.edu.au/jahia/Jahia/pid/439

I was lucky enough to attend the seminar, and the point that stuck in my head for days later is contained within this 4-minute podcast snippet(http://media.educationau.edu.au/JW-Melb-P10.mp3). It’s really worth a listen!

Jimmy uses the analogy of opening a restaurant to explain the way that we often use gatekeeping strategies to make online interaction ’safe enough’… but end up creating a top-down authoritative and untrusting online environment. His philosophy (evident in wikipedia) is that instead, we need to create an environment which assumes that the vast majority of people are going to do the right thing. He also talks about how the disrespect and other bad behaviour displayed by some users in online interactivity, is a social issue, not an issue with technology.

It’s not quite the same without the visuals, but the points he makes are excellent! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. These arguments may come in handy when you encounter scare tactics opposing your enthusiasm for integrating wikis and blogs into your schools.

Krystie Alleaume, Wodonga Primary School

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